The 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour is for PDPA Associate Members ONLY, there will be no Challenge Tour only membership in 2018.
Eligibility: To be eligible to play on the Challenge Tour you will have needed to play at least once at either the UK or European Q-School.
Players Championship: In a change from 2017, any player who is on the CTOoM Table can enter FREE any PDC Players Championship event, and the 128 shortfall will be done in order of precedence from this CTOoM table to fill the 128.
European Tour: For UK based players only, to enter any ET UK Qualifier you must be in the top 32 of this table to be eligible to enter on the deadline date of the ET, and these are also FREE entries.
PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 1-4 Event Brief:
You must enter these events prior to 2pm on Friday 26th January 2018 to enter please go to the Servasport entry system CLICK HERE
Registration and Toe the Oche:
Players must register at the PDC Registration desk before 09.30am at the latest, the draw and schedule of play will then take place and games will commence at 10.30 unless otherwise stated.
The draw will be available on the TV screens in the venue, with an A-Z of player’s names and drawn board. You must be at your board when your game is due, or you may risk disqualification.
Please keep your eye on the board and when you are due to play. The PDC reserves the right to amend the schedule of play if necessary; any amendments will be posted on the website and in the venue.
Timings are the same for Saturday & Sunday:
08:00 - Doors will open to players and their guest
08:00/09:30 Registration (Any player not registered by 09.30am will not be in the draw for the first event of the day)
09.30 - Registration closes and the draw takes place
10:30 - Event Begins
13.00 - Registration closes for the second event of the day, if you have registered for event one you do not need to register again, this is for players who are only playing in the second event of the day.
18.30 - Events Conclude (Approximately)
All Challenge Tour events are drawn at random.
Important Notice for all players registering your Guests: Players will be allowed TWO NON-TRANSFERABLE bona-fide guest each at these Challenge Tours and must provide their names to the security on registration. If your guest details are not provided, their entry to the event may be refused.
Please note that no one wearing football shirts or shorts of any kind are allowed. Tracksuit bottoms or joggers will be at the discretion of staff if you have a valid reason i.e. a medical issue etc (A medical certificate may be required) No children under 11 years old will be admitted. ID for proof of age may be required. Players need to note that their guests are their responsibility, and they need to make sure that they dress and act appropriately.
The format is best of 9 legs throughout; the player on the left of the draw will throw first for the bull to determine who throws first in odd-numbered legs.
Runner Up £1,000
Semi Finals £500
Quarter Finals £300
Last 16 £200
Last 32 £100
Last 64 £50
Prize money payments:
Is paid by BACS to the account you have provided details for on the PDC Bank Details Form. If you have not provided your details please email the PDPA [email protected] or the PDC Accounts Department [email protected] and ask for a form.
Players must be aware that you are not allowed to put a third parties bank details on your form, unless they are a registered agent or your parent/guardian. You may be asked for proof.
These forms will also be available at the events and MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PLAYER Prize money is paid via bacs usually within 2 weeks following the events.
Players are reminded about their behaviour and it is your own responsibility to behave in an acceptable manner. Players must not drink alcohol in the playing area, bottled water only is allowed (Not in Glasses) The tournament director has the power to stop a game and award the game to the opponent of any player whom the tournament director decides is behaving in a way which is damaging to the sport, the PDC, the PDPA, its sponsors or broadcasters.
Rules & Dress Code:
These events will be played under Darts Regulation Authority Rules, and in accordance with the PDC Order of Merit rules which are available at www.pdc.tv The full DRA Rule Book is available at www.thedra.co.uk Queries regarding individual attire should be addressed to the ProTour Manager ahead of the event you are participating in.
With regards to footwear, the DRA rule 5.17.1 applies: Players are not permitted to wear jeans: Neither shall they wear trousers or skirts made with corduroy material which has been fashioned in a "Jeans Style". No training shoes will be allowed unless the player provides written medical reasons from a qualified practitioner. The restriction shall apply to any form of "Track Suit" attire. The final decision will rest with the Tournament Director.
Players Please Note: Please be aware that no players or guests are allowed to bring alcoholic drinks into the venue FULL STOP for any of these events. All players and guests will be subject to a bag search by PDC Security before admission to the venue is granted. Only alcoholic drinks bought inside the venue are allowed to be consumed. If you have any alcohol in your bag you need to remove it prior to entering the arena, or you may be subject to a DRA referral.
Smoking & Drinking:
Under UK Law, smoking is not permitted inside this venue. Smokers should use the designated smoking areas outside of the building. Players are only permitted to drink water during a match. No other drinks can be consumed during a match; this includes having a drink from the table behind you whilst your opponent is throwing or between legs. This rule will be strictly observed.
Any player under the age of 18 drinking alcohol will be immediately eliminated from the event, and will be seen to be bringing the game into disrepute. This also includes those over 18 seen to be supplying alcoholic drinks to players under 18. Players are not allowed to drink any alcohol during play, this includes a break of play i.e. toilet break etc. or you will be disqualified and referred to the DRA. Only bottled water is allowed for consumption during play, not a glass with water in.
No Internet browsing devices are allowed in the playing area, this includes mobile phones, tablets and PCs. There are also no cameras allowed in the playing area this includes cameras, videos and phones with cameras. The Tournament Directors decision is final.
All phones must be switched off on arrival: If you need to make a call or use your device for any other reason please go outside away from the playing area, and switch it back off when returning.
If you need to leave an emergency phone number with anyone, the tournament director and PDPA representative have their details below.
Please be professional, responsible and appropriate at all times when using social media, you not only reflect yourself but you reflect your sport. The DRA have Social Media guidelines CLICK HERE
Should any player have any queries about these events please ring PDC Pro-Tour Manager Keith Bisby: Mobile 07860155885 or call the PDC Head Office on 08712 501 180 [email protected] Or your PDPA representative Peter Manley 07932714229 Or Email [email protected]
Hotels in Wigan:
The PDPA have secured a corporate rate in 2018 at the Wigan Oak Mercure Hotel in Wigan:
Wigan Oak Mercure Hotel, Orchard Street, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom WN1 3SS
This corporate rate is £63.00 Single & £70.00 Twin/Double and this will include:
- Overnight accommodation
- Full Breakfast
- Free WiFI
- Free Parking
- Free Cancellation up to 2pm on day of arrival (If booked individually)
Phone the hotel on 01942 826888 and QUOTE Professional Darts Players. OR email the hotel direct [email protected]
Unlike other bookings on-line you are able to cancel rooms if booked individually up to 2pm on the day of arrival with no charge, but after that it will be chargeable.
There are 3 Premier Inns available in the Wigan within a short drive or taxi to the venue:
- M6 Junction 25
- M6 Junction 26
- The City Centre
CLICK HERE to book your Premier Inn, and add your details for Premier Inns in Wigan
i.e. Add Wigan, your dates and pick your choice of the 3 Premier Inns.
Booking.com in Wigan:
For alternative choices including in Wigan please CLICK HERE
Travel to the Robin Park, WIGAN
Robin Park Leisure Centre, Loire Drive, Newtown, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom, WN5 0UH
From the South: Leave the M6 at J25, turn left at the roundabout onto the A49 towards Wigan. Continue straight over a roundabout a subsequent sets of traffic lights until you reach a large junction called ‘Saddle Junction’. You will see ASDA in front of you, turn left so that you keep ASDA on your right and there will be a fire station on your left (Robin Park Road). At the traffic lights turn right into Loire Drive, follow this road straight across a mini roundabout and round to the back of the shops. The Sports Centre will be on your left and the Arena on your right
From the North: Leave the M6 at J26 turn right onto the A577 signed towards Wigan. Follow the road through 2 sets of traffic lights and arrive at Saddle Junction. Then follow directions above. There is ample free parking on site, please be aware that on match days parking can be more difficult and charges can apply, also on these days make sure you are in a correct parking area.
Robin Park Tennis Centre is an approximate 5 minutes drive from both Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western Railway Stations, £3/£4 in a Taxi.
There is ample parking at Robin Park, NOTE: During match-days it will be very busy and charges can apply.
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL / EGGP) is 25 miles from Wigan.
- Manchester International Airport (MAN / EGCC) is 29 miles from Wigan
- Blackpool Airport is 39 miles from Wigan
For your security and safety please use the PDPA official Travel Partner 'Travel Counsellors' are here to help all of our members travel requirements, Katie French and Tina Tomlinson at Travel Counsellors are here to give you travel advice, and a professional service.